George Elmaraghy, the Ohio EPA water regulator forced out by Gov. John Kasich, said he wants to stay on the job and was threatened with termination if he did not sign a retirement notice, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The group Environment Ohio visited a church with an energy-efficient lighting system that has saved thousands of dollars as part of its effort to press lawmakers to maintain current standards for renewable energy and efficiency, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Todd Snitchler, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was the keynote speaker at a 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that opposes renewable energy requirements. Snitchler recently opposed plans for a solar farm in his state, The Associated Press reports.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler has been a frequent critic of renewable energy on his Twitter feed, sharing no positive thoughts in more than 1,000 tweets from the past year. Snitchler and his agency ruled against a new solar-energy project last week, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Ohio lawmakers are not likely to implement changes to its energy-efficiency rules for utilities until next year at the earliest, despite arguments from power company FirstEnergy about the added cost for consumers, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
A draft agreement on tax extenders being negotiated by lawmakers –- which would, among other things, phase out the Production Tax Credit for wind energy -– also would face a veto from President Obama, according to an email from a White House spokeswoman, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency will have to wait on moves to restrict development of Pebble Mine, as Judge H. Russel Holland has issued a preliminary injunction against them, Alaska Public Radio reports.
As representatives from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Mexico failed to agree on production cuts ahead of the OPEC meeting later this week, oil prices resumed their slide Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for January delivery plunged 2.2 percent, or $1.69, to $74.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent tumbled $1.35 to $78.33, Bloomberg reports.
At a national average of $2.81 a gallon, Thanksgiving gasoline prices haven’t been this low since 2009, according to the AAA, which says that could trigger more than a 4 percent increase in people driving over the holiday, FuelFix reports.
On a 3-2 vote, the Florida Public Service Commission has fallen in line with proposals from Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light, agreeing to wrap up solar rebate programs by the end of next year and reduce efficiency goals by more than 90 percent, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy Partners’ Rock Island Clean Line, intended to transmit power 500 miles from wind farms in the Plains states, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
Departing Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., says he’ll draw up rules to govern fracking in the western part of the state which will limit pollution risks, even though his pro-drilling Republican successor would have the power to loosen restrictions once he takes office in January, The Washington Post reports.
Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency’s coal-leasing program, The Hill reports.
At least four small earthquakes have shaken the Dallas area since the weekend, and SMU seismologist Brian Stump told NBCDFW it’s possible they could be linked to fluid accumulating in wastewater injector wells in the region over the past decades.
People’s views about the scientific basis of climate change don’t change even when they’re confronted with extreme weather events, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Los Angeles Times reports.